I spent several hours this weekend wearing my rubber gloves and scrubbing down the tandem... which reminds me, this bike really needs a name. I can't keep calling her "the tandem" all the time. Anyway, someone told us to use Lime-Away to take off some of the rust, and it really helped. I was scrubbing and scrubbing (and scrubbing), and Johnny had to stop me and remind me that it isn't going to look brand new... it's a very old bike. Sometimes I can get carried away. Here's the improvement:
I took Hope for a quick ride down the street and we decided this bike needed some REAL breaking in. She grabbed her helmet and we explored our neighborhood. It was a special night. I asked, "Hope, do you think you'll remember these nights when you're all grown up? The breeze, the sounds, the smells?" Of course, she doesn't realize how sentimental you become about those things when you're an adult. She said, "Uh... I hope so." Me, too.